Programme Management Officer
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Geneva (Switzerland)
Grade: P-3, Mid-level Professional
Occupations: Programme and Project Management
Job Expired 30 Dec 2020
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNDRR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalysis action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.

This position is located in the UNDRR Headquarters in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Programme Officer (P4) under the overall guidance of the Chief, Intergovernmental Processes, Inter-agency Cooperation and Partnerships Branch.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (P4), the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

Coordinates actions to engage the private sector as a key partner in disaster risk reduction. Supports ARISE (Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies) to increase risk-sensitive business investments and foster risk-sensitive business practices globally; provides substantive support to the ARISE board to identify clear deliverables and metrics to measure the achievements of private sector entities against their commitment in disaster risk reduction. Provides substantive guidance and leads in the preparation of draft key material, guidance and reviews related to advancing risk informed investments within the private sector. Collaborates closely with the Regional Offices to establish and support regional and national private sector networks for disaster risk reduction.

Helps building linkages between the scientific community and the private/financial sector. Liaises with GETI to ensure the training of key stakeholders from the private sector on disaster risk reduction.

Supports the design of and implements UNDRR partnership engagement strategy. Coordinates with the regional offices to support partnership engagement at the regional and national level, in line with the overall UNDRR partnership engagement strategy; collaborates closely with the programme management officer responsible for stakeholder’s engagement in each regional office and provides substantive support as required; ensures the consolidation of feedback from regional offices and alignment of initiatives with the UNDRR partnership engagement strategy. Proposes improvements to the UNDRR partnership engagement strategy in collaboration with the regional offices, for the review of the Chief of Branch and UNDRR senior management.

Supports the engagement of civil society networks and community organizations in disaster risk reduction, with a particular focus on the UNDRR Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism, and promotes their participation in the national, regional and international policy processes related to disaster risk reduction and linked to sustainable development and climate action. Conveys regular consultations with key civil society partners.

Supports and promotes the Parliamentarian Initiative among parliamentarians to ensure the Sendai Framework is recognized and included in national legislations; ensures that parliamentarians are effectively engaged to promote disaster risk-sensitive legislation and funding allocations for disaster risk-sensitives investments. Provides substantive support to parliamentarians in the form of policy briefs, tool kits and guidance on minimum standards related to disaster risk reduction to leverage support for the development of laws, regulations, policies and budget for effective and accountable disaster risk reduction. Supports the development of indicators of success for the inclusion of disaster risk reduction into national debates and legislations.

Contributes to the planning and carries out the work plan under his/her responsibility, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery; ensures that the outputs produced by the Unit meet high-quality standards and support relevant UNDRR mandates. Carries out any other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to disaster risk. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to establish and foster successful partnerships and collaborations. Ability to identify strategic opportunities for achieving the agenda of the Department. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international relations, management, economics, social sciences, law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of relevant progressively responsible experience in project or programme management or related area is required.
Experience in building strategic alliances and partnerships and in disaster risk reduction is required.
Experience working in intergovernmental and/or inter-agency processes is desirable.
Experience in the economic and financial dimension of disaster risk reduction and/or climate risk is desirable.
Experience in engaging with multi-stakeholders (e.g. youth, parliamentarism, private sector) in disaster risk reduction is desirable.
Experience working for international organizations such as the United Nations is desirable.


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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